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Utilize the “Hip Flex” Drill to Become an Efficient Hurdler

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

St. Augustine Head Coach and 2004 USA Olympic Head Coach, George Williams, uses 2008 Olympic Bronze Medalist Bershawn “Batman” Jackson to show you a drill that helps improve the lead leg and knee drive. Coach Jackson explains the importance of marks on the hurdle and how they keep the hurdler inside and tight over the hurdles.

Hip Flex Drill

Setup: Place 4 hurdles in a row and have the athlete use the lead leg to step over the hurdle. Bring the trail leg over the hurdle, close to the chest and continue over the next hurdles without stopping. Coach Williams emphasizes the importance of making sure the body is straight during the drill.

This video came from Championship Productions’ DVD World Class 300/400 Hurdles.  To view more track & field videos from America’s top coaches and athletes, click here.




Improve Your Footwork to Enhance Your Hitting!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

University of Iowa Head Coach, Bond Shymansky, shares a drill that helps build the slide hitter from the ground up. Coach Shymansky takes a closer look at the one foot take off and how to improve a hitters footwork. He explains how important the last two steps are when practicing the drill. Coach Shymansky shows how to train all hitters from any zone at the net to run a slide or one foot take-off type of attack.

One Foot Takeoffs

Setup: The coach tosses the ball up to the athlete and clears out so the hitter has room to land. The athlete is focusing on the last two steps before the one foot take-off. The approach is irrelevant, it can be a three or five step approach to the ball. The hitter finishes the hit with the elbow over the wrist.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video Developing the Slide Hitter.  To view more volleyball videos from America’s top coaches, click here.




2 Upper Body Drills to Create a Powerful Swing

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Rob Rose, President of True Athlete Performance in Washington, DC, explains how to incorporate the core and upper body to try to gain more power on the hitters swinging movement. Rose shares a series of drills that help athletes gain that upper body strength.

Upper Body Power

Setup: Rob Rose introduces two drills to help the athlete gain more upper body power. The first drill is the woodchopper, where the athlete takes a medicine ball and circles it over their head and slams the ball down, powering all the way through. The second drill is called power-push ups. Power-push ups consist of the athlete doing a push up, and powering up off of the ground with the hands and landing slowly back on the hands.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video Explosive Speed, Reaction and Jump Training for Volleyball.  To view more volleyball videos from America’s top coaches, click here.




Eliminate Errors by Passing High on Your Center!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Illinois Head Coach, Kevin Hambly, discusses the importance of passing the ball high on your center.  Coach Hambly explains that by passing the ball high on your center you can eliminate errors that happen during competition.

Keys for Passing – Center to the Ball

This video came from Championship Productions’ video Playing the Game to Create Swings .  To view more volleyball videos from America’s top coaches, click here.




Become a Better Passer with the “Russian Passing Drill”

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Anne Kordes, University of Louisville Head Coach and 2010-2011 USA Select Team Lead Coach, takes you into a Wednesday morning practice with a focus on passing and footwork.

Russian Passing Drill

Coach Kordes emphasizes the importance of keeping your shoulders forward and keeping the ball in front of you. The drill focuses on quick movements and maintaining posture. This is a great drill to challenge the athlete and work on the important fundamentals.

This video came from Championship Productions’ video All Access Volleyball Practice with Anne Kordes.  To view more volleyball videos from America’s top coaches, click here.




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